The following is an outline of the procedures that will be followed during the tabulations and pairings for the Moses M. Coady High School Debating Competition. The tournament will consist of seven-rounds of parliamentary-style debate; the first two rounds are prepared with the final five impromptu. Further, rounds five, six, and seven will be quarterfinal (hidden), semifinal (hidden) and final (public) rounds, respectively.
*PAIRINGS FOR DEBATES*
During the first four rounds of debate (the pre-quarterfinal rounds), all steps will be taken to ensure the following:
1) That all teams will be Government twice and
2) That no team will debate the same team twice.
3) That there will be an odd number of judges per room.
All pairings for the first four rounds of debate
are random and computer generated. Therefore, it is possible that a team
may debate another team from the same school during the first four rounds
Based on team ranking (as described below), teams will be seeded for the hidden quarterfinal and hidden semifinal rounds.
In the hidden quarterfinal round, the top eight teams will be seeded based on their combined ranking over the first four rounds and will play each other in a single-elimination format. These teams will be paired randomly, except that the top 4 teams will not compete against one another (i.e., the team ranked #1 can theoretically debate any team ranked below #4 in the quarterfinals). The remaining teams will be paired randomly.
In the hidden semifinal round, the top four teams emerging from the hidden quarterfinals will be seeded based on their combined ranking over the first five rounds and will play each other in a single-elimination format. These teams will be paired randomly, except that the top 2 teams will not compete against one another. The remaining teams will be paired randomly.
As a consequence of the hidden quarterfinals and semifinals, teams may not have a chance to be both Government and Opposition during these two rounds; teams may debate a team they have debated in a previous round; and a team may be in a room in which they debated before.
In the public final round of debate, the top two teams emerging from the hidden semifinals will be. paired against each other. None of the remaining teams will be debating in this round.
All pairings for the quarterfinal and semifinal
rounds are random, subject to the rules on seeding, noted above. It is
therefore possible that two teams from the same school may meet in ffle
*RANKINGS AND TABULATION*
Tabulation for the tournament will be done manually by the score keeper and an assistant, and all combined scores will be triple-checked.
After the four preliminary rounds of debate, team
ranking and subsequent seeding will be based on the teams' win-loss records.
In the event that more than one team shares the same record of wins and
losses, the total average points of the teams will prevail.
The following is an example:
Team A through E have the following records
and total average points
|WIN-LOSS||TOTAL AVE. PTS.|
Their ranking would be as follows:
|WIN-LOSS||TOT AVE. PTS.|
|1) TEAM D||4-0||355.56|
|2) TEAM E||3-1||334.99|
|3) TEAM C||2-2||312.30|
|4) TEAM A||2-2||299.67|
|5) TEAM B||1-3||256.34|
Individual ranking will be tallied in the same
manner as the team ranking. The three scores for each individual
from each debate will be totalled and averaged to two decimal places. These
averages will be totalled for every round of debate giving the total average
points earned by each individual.